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The Political happenings of Madison County, KY

Gov. Bevin Files Legal Brief Defending Pro-Life Anti-Eugenics Law and Heartbeat Law

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin continued his fight for the unborn by filing a legal brief in federal court yesterday defending two pro-life laws passed by the 2019 General Assembly, a ban on discriminatory abortions and a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

EMW Women’s Surgical Center, which performs 3,000 abortions in Kentucky annually, hired the ACLU to sue Kentucky over the constitutionality of HB5 and SB9.  HB5 bans abortions based upon the race, sex, or disability of the unborn child.  Gov. Bevin’s brief argues that the U.S. Supreme Court has never decided whether an abortion provider can perform discriminatory abortions.  The brief provides expert testimony establishing that discriminatory abortions happen in Kentucky, noting nearly one out of every two unborn children with Down syndrome in Kentucky is aborted. 

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Berea, county officials mull options to address animal control costs

Madison County officials say they want to maintain the level of service at the Madison County Animal Shelter but they need Berea and Richmond to help shoulder the costs. 

Officials from the City of Berea and Madison County agree that services rendered by county animal control are a necessity. But precisely how to pay for those services was a matter for discussion last week at a special called meeting of the Berea City Council.

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Beshear Clears Passport Health Plan Purchase

Andy Beshear

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that the pending Passport Health Plan purchase has been reviewed and cleared by his office.

Passport Health Plan is a Louisville nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Kentucky Medicaid and Medicare benefits. The anticipated purchaser, Evolent Health Inc., is a for-profit company that provides health care delivery and payment solutions in the U.S. Evolent has provided services to Passport since 2016.

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Chief David Gregory was selected to be the next Berea city administrator

David Gregory

In a special called meeting of the Berea City Council Tuesday night, Berea Police Department Chief David Gregory was selected to be the next Berea city administrator, succeeding Randy Stone.

Mayor Bruce Fraley’s recommendation to select Gregory was approved in a 7-0 vote by the council. The administration will finalize the details of Chief Gregory’s contract in the coming days, followed by preparations for a formal swearing/installation ceremony.

Gov. Bevin Releases Statement upon Signing HB 1 into Law

Gov. Matt Bevin

Gov. Matt Bevin joined state legislators and stakeholder groups this afternoon in Frankfort to officially sign into law House Bill 1, which was passed in special session by the General Assembly earlier today.

Gov. Bevin released the following statement regarding HB 1, which delivers vital pension relief and a path forward for Kentucky’s regional universities and quasi-governmental agencies, who provide critical services to citizens across the Commonwealth:

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CHFS applauds passage of House Bill 1

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) applauds the passage of House Bill 1, which provides immediate and long-term relief for quasi-government agencies facing soaring pension costs. The affected groups within CHFS include local health departments and community mental health centers.

“CHFS stands ready to support these agencies as they determine the best path forward, and our administration is committed to ensuring continuity of critical services provided by our local health departments and mental health centers,” said CHFS Secretary Adam Meier. “We appreciate the General Assembly’s collective efforts to pass this pension measure, which will allow CHFS to continue working together with our partners to ensure a sustainable public health and mental health system.”

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Gov. Bevin Continues Legal Fight to Defend Live Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Gov. Matt Bevin’s

Gov. Matt Bevin’s legal team on Wednesday evening filed their opening brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in defense of House Bill 454 (HB 454), which bans the brutal and grotesque practice of live dismemberment abortions.

HB 454 was passed by the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support from legislators and signed into law by Gov. Bevin on April 10. The ACLU and a Louisville abortion clinic quickly challenged the law, and a U.S. District judge in May ruled in their favor.

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